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4.75 from 8 votes

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

This easy Turkey Meatloaf Recipe is made with diced onions, sweet apples, minced mushrooms, breadcrumbs, seasonings, and lean ground turkey. Topped with ketchup and baked to juicy perfection, the whole family with love this light and delicious version of the original.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 328kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 medium yellow onions diced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt divided
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh herbs

    minced (I used sage, oregano, and thyme)

  • 1 large apple peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 3 pounds ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 2 cups plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Fresh thyme to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add your finely diced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. Season with salt and add the minced garlic. Cook the garlic and onions for approximately 1 minute before adding the finely diced mushrooms (you may dice them by hand or use a food processor), fresh herbs, and diced apple. Mix well to combine and continue to cook until mushrooms drop their water and most of the liquid boils away (6-8 minutes). 
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and chicken stock (or water) to the skillet. Mix well to combine thoroughly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, transfer the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly mix and mash the ingredients together until completely combined.
  • Once the onion and mushroom mixture comes down to room temperature, transfer to the bowl with the ground turkey. Thoroughly mix to combine and set aside.
  • Whisk together the glaze. Add the ketchup, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and red wine vinegar to a small mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine. Set aside.
  • Transfer your meat mixture to the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use your hands to shape the meat into a large loaf-shape (you may also add your meat mixture to two greased loaf pans if preferred). 
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the surface of your loaf with half of your pre-made glaze. Reserve the remaining glaze for later.
  • Bake, tented with foil, for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, increase the oven temperature to 400 F and remove the foil. Brush the surface with the remaining glaze and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Notes

  1. This makes a very large turkey loaf. You can easily divide this recipe into two and make two smaller loafs. Freeze one for later or enjoy all week long for easy and delicious meal prep.
  2. To make it low-carb or grain-free, trade the breadcrumbs for equal amounts of almond meal. You can also trade the breadcrumbs for rolled oats, if desired.
  3. To make Paleo or Whole30?  Replace the breadcrumbs with equal parts almond flour and replace the Worcestershire sauce with Coconut Aminos. Finally, use a Paleo/Whole30 approved ketchup for the glaze.  
  4. Ground turkey - This recipe is best made with 93% lean ground turkey. You may use a mixture of 93% lean ground turkey and 99% lean ground turkey, but I do not recommend using only 99% lean otherwise your loaf will dry out in the oven.
  5. Mushrooms - Why add mushrooms? Aside from being healthy and tasty, mushrooms add loads of moisture to your loaf. Don't worry - your loaf won't taste a thing like mushrooms and kids won't have a clue they're in there.
  6. Do I have to add mushrooms? If you prefer not to add mushrooms, grated and chopped carrots or zucchini are great substitutes.
  7. Make mini turkey meatloaves. Scoop your ground turkey mixture into a 12 cup muffin tin using a large ice cream scoop.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 749mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg
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